At the WWDC conference, many interesting updates were presented. Tablets received a new iPadOS operating system, iOS has changed significantly. One of the most interesting innovations for the Mac was the Sidecar feature, which allows you to use the iPad as a second display without installing additional applications. But do not forget about the limitations that every major update from Apple carries.

In this article, you will find a description of Apple’s new Sidecart feature and see the full list of supported iPads and Macs devices.

Sidecar Feature

Briefly and rather primitively, Sidecar allows you to use your iPad tablet as a second display connected to your Mac. On it, you can transfer any windows, view video in full screen mode – everything, as on a regular additional monitor. But Apple would not have been by itself if it had not gone further.

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List of All iPad Models that Support Apple Sidecar Feature

List of All iPad Models that Support Sidecar

It turns out that not every iPad can be connected via Sidecar to a Mac. The key to connecting is tablet compatibility with Apple Pencil. Despite the fact that the pen itself is not required to work with the mode, it is supported only by the following iPad models from the list below:

  • iPad Pro (all generations);
  • iPad Air 3 (2019);
  • iPad mini 5 (2019);
  • iPad 6 (2018);
  • iPad 7 (2019).

Which Macs Support Sidecar

With the Mac, too, is not so simple. As in the case of the iPad, Apple for some reason decided to limit the number of computer models that can connect to the tablet via Sidecar:

  • iMac (late 2015 and newer);
  • MacBook Pro (2016 and newer);
  • MacBook Air (2018 and newer);
  • Mac Mini (2018  and newer);
  • MacBook (2016 and newer);
  • iMac Pro (2017 and newer).


It is hard to say what exactly the restrictions on Sidecar use on Macs of older models are related to, although they have been updated to macOS Catalina.

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